Daniel Lazare, author of The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy, discusses the US’s imposition of a no-fly zone in northern Syria to protect Kurdish allies fighting Syrian government-allied forces; and how this marks a dangerous escalation in the war.
Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), discusses former CIA deputy director Michael Morrell’s suggestion that the US military should engage in state-sponsored terrorism to make Russia, Iran, and Assad amenable to a US-approved regime change in Syria.
Ramzy Baroud, a US-Arab journalist, media consultant, and author, discusses Israel’s different excuses over the years for their never-ending blockade on Gaza – which has nothing to do with radical Islam or Hamas.
Andrew Cockburn, author of Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins, discusses how the US is aiding and abetting Saudi Arabia’s brutal war in Yemen by supplying planes, bombs and missiles in a $60 billion arms sale – the largest in US history.
Reuters journalist Jonathan Landay discusses the US’s inability to stop Shi’ite militias from massacring Sunni civilians when Falluja was retaken from the Islamic State in June; and why a future campaign to take Mosul could result in the sectarian-cleansing of Sunnis from the city.
Kelley Vlahos, a contributing editor for The American Conservative, discusses the bellicose warmongers sure to be appointed to Hillary Clinton’s incoming war cabinet; and the prevailing myth that COIN doctrine and the surges in Iraq and Afghanistan were successful.
Gareth Porter, an award-winning journalist and historian, discusses the agreement between Turkey and Iran to make peace in Syria, and why the Kurds will get the short end of the stick as usual.
Jeffrey Carr, a cyber intelligence expert and CEO of Taia Global, Inc., discusses the hack of an NSA server containing powerful hacking tools and malware used to infect computers around the world; the vulnerabilities in computer and networking hardware made by US tech companies like Cisco; and how cyber warfare between the US and Russia could escalate.
Michael Bell, a retired Air Force pilot and activist-father of a police shooting victim, discusses how he found common cause with police union boss Jim Palmer to enact a Wisconsin state law mandating independent investigations of police violence.
Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses the July 2016 Turkish coup and its aftermath; President Erdogan’s purge of political opponents with no connection to US-exile and supposed coup-plotter Fethullah Gulen; and why he doesn’t believe the CIA was involved.
Eric Margolis, a journalist and author of American Raj, discusses the seemingly endless and pointless US war in Afghanistan, exacerbated by the “bumbling, stumbling” Obama administration foreign policy team of Susan Rice, Samantha Power and Hillary Clinton.
Grant F. Smith, author of Big Israel: How Israel’s Lobby Moves America, discusses the Obama administration’s proposal to greatly increase US aid to Israel; and Grant’s federal lawsuit claiming that any such aid should be illegal since Israel is a nuclear-armed state that hasn’t signed the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty.
Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell’s New York Times op-ed wherein he endorses Hillary Clinton for president and accuses Donald Trump of being an unwitting recruit of Vladimir Putin.
Marcy Wheeler, an independent journalist and blogger who covers national security and civil liberties, discusses the just-released Presidential Policy Guidance rule book on the Obama administration’s drone airstrikes, and why it doesn’t provide enough congressional oversight of what still amounts to an extrajudicial assassination program.